With every passing week, evidence mounts to suggest that Apple's still-mythical but widely anticipated connected HDTV is getting close to production and public release.
On Monday, Reuters fueled this inferno of rumors by indicating that Apple manufacturing partner Foxconn is on the verge of purchasing even more shares of Sharp - the company that will likely provide the display panels for Apple's iOS-powered TV.
As it turns out, Foxconn's interest in more shares isn't a rumor. It's a fact. Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou spilled the beans at his organization's annual meeting today. "I'm proud to say the cooperation with Sharp will let us beat Samsung in terms of clearness - high resolution," Gou told shareholders. "When we bought, Sharp's shares were 550 yen, now it is 400 something. It's been dragged by the macro environment. We have already sent delegates there to see if we can buy more shares."
Gou also said he plans to list a Sharp LCD plant in Japan on the Taiwan stock exchange within three years, saying the plant's advanced technology was better than that of arch-rival Samsung Electronics.